Leveling an Alt in Destiny 2

Have you reached 300+ power level? Are you interested in playing another class? Do you want to level the same guardian to double up on raid loot? Maybe you’re bored and want something to do?

Regardless, you’ve stumbled across this post because you want to level a second character. Keep in mind, even with tips and tricks, leveling an alt in Destiny 2 from 1 to 20 is a grind.

But that doesn’t mean it has to be miserable. If you plan accordingly, it’s actually easier and faster to level an alt in comparison to leveling your first guardian.

Here are a few tips to help you level your next character in Destiny 2.

Before You Start Leveling an Alt in Destiny 2

Before you begin your journey, I recommend doing the following steps (in no particular order) on your main character.

Purchase a Few Fireteam Medallions

A Fireteam Medallion is a consumable that “increases XP gains and loot for you and members of your fireteam or match from strikes, Public Events, and the Crucible. Effect lasts for 4 hours.”

I’ve noticed a lot of gamers comparing the Fireteam Medallion to the Three of Coin, using the consumable as a way to collect more engrams. Loot is great, but the experience gain should not go unnoticed.

Fireteam Medallions can be purchased for 50 Bright Dust from Tess Everis at the Tower.

Leveling an Alt in Destiny 2

Store an Extra Speeder in Your Vault

Having a speeder significantly decreases the time it takes to reach max level. Being able to quickly travel between quests and public events is essential. Furthermore, minimizing downtime between objectives with the Fireteam Medallion equipped is ideal.

To store a speeder in your vault, you have to physically be at your vault. With your vault open, press start, go under your speeders and press A (Xbox One) or X (PS4) to store your speeder. The items in your vault are accessible across all characters.

Once your alt reaches the Farm, you’ll be able to grab the speeder from your vault and equip it immediately.

Leveling an Alt in Destiny 2

Leveling With a Purpose

All jokes aside, you need to have a method to your madness. If you’re leveling without a purpose, you won’t last long.

With that being said, here are a few reasons why you might level an alt in Destiny 2:

  • You’ve decided to level the same class for extra loot in Strikes, Raids, and Nightfalls
  • You’ve noticed a shortage of a particular class *cough, cough – Titan*
  • You’re a perfectionist and want each class at max level
  • You and your friends all picked Warlocks (my reason)
  • You want options in PvE and PvP
  • Ran out of things to do

Remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Discover your purpose and keep your eyes on your goal!

Leveling an Alt in Destiny 2

Tips for Leveling Another Character in Destiny 2

So you have 5 Fireteam Medallions, your speeder is parked in the vault, and your purpose is written in stone… Now what?

Save All Resources and Materials Until Level 20


If you’re impatiently grabbing engrams from planet vendors hoping to level faster, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. The grind from 250 to 300 is just as bad as leveling from 1 to 20.

Leveling an Alt in Destiny 2

Save All Powerful and Exotic Engrams Until Level 20


If you’re impatiently decrypting exotic and powerful engrams to Master Rahool hoping to level faster, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. The grind from 250 to 300 is just as bad as leveling from 1 to 20.

Déjà vu? Good. That was the point.

Leveling an Alt in Destiny 2

Equipping New Gear and Abilities Efficiently

You receive an ungodly amount of gear while leveling. I was overwhelmed with the number of upgrades I received throughout my second playthrough.

Let’s face it, constantly opening your inventory to equip weapons or armor is a necessary evil. That’s why the ability to navigate the start menu between loading-screens is my favorite feature in Destiny 2.

Save your time and sanity while leveling. Wait until traveling to a different planet to switch out gear or upgrade class abilities. The extra seconds you save adds up in the long run.

Leveling an Alt in Destiny 2

Have Fun and Take Breaks

Yes, this sounds like a very mom thing of me to say, but I’m serious. Regardless of how eager you are to power level a second character in Destiny 2, it’s still a time commitment.

I recommend leveling in small dosages. The best strategy that worked for me was leveling in intervals of five (level from 1-5, then 5-10, then 10-15, and finally 15-20).

Personally, I found this system of leveling to be very efficient. My goal was to level five times within four hours, aka before my Firestone Medallion wore off.

Leveling an Alt in Destiny 2

Could I have leveled faster? Absolutely. Would I have been hospitalized for banging my head against a semi-broken Xbox One controller? You bet your sweet ass I would’ve.

Have fun. Take breaks. And remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination… Fuck that, it’s all about the destination… But… You get what I’m saying…


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